Below is a sample of some of my personal and client work. For freelance inquires, please contact me.

This was for Singapore Airlines (SIA) to promote their iconic "Singapore Girl" image. As a little girl, the stewardesses on SIA were my role models. They were and still are beautiful, elegant, demure, and incredibly sexy. It's an honor to circle back as an adult and draw this for their promotional ad.

 

 

This artwork depicts a beachy scene in Saint-Tropez. My husband was a frequent visitor to Saint-Tropez in his younger years - his tales of the glitzy French Riviera inspired me to create this artwork. 14 x 22 inches, gouache/papercut.

 

I had the pleasure in drawing this for a client's dad. Knowing her father was a fan of my work (which is such an honor), she wanted to surprise him by having me create a Father's Day gift for him. After spending time studying photos of the family, to get a feel of their individual personalities, I suggested doing the Jolly Old Grandpa theme, with him laughing while his grandkids climbed all over him. It worked out great! I was told that he choked up in tears when he opened the gift and realized it was from me (I saw the video the client sent me) . Nothing makes me happier than hearing stories like that!

 

 

I was born and raised on the island of Java, Indonesia. This art is to pay homage to the beautiful neighboring island of Bali, also synonymous as "Island of the Gods."

 

Brazilian model Cibele Dorsa hired me to design the cover for her book, titled "5:00 da Manhã" (which means "5:00 in the Morning" in her native Portuguese). Based in São Paulo, she led a tumultuous life when her ex left her for the wealthy heiress Athina Onassis, and when a car accident left her face disfigured. She asked me to do some Photoshop work to make her cover photo more appropriate for print, as well as designing the whole jacketbook cover. Shortly after this book was published, Ms. Dorsa's troubled fiance took his own life and she sadly followed suit a month afterwards. I received this book in the mail after her death. Rest in peace, Cibele.

 

 

This artwork was for the Dubai Polo Club. The client and I brainstormed on how to bring the illustration to life. Not only they wanted to attract more women to the sport of polo, but they also wanted to show the world that Saudi women can be modern,brave, and very beautiful. I humbly hope that I have accomplished this goal.

 

 

Yes, I create artwork for our "tiniest" clients, too! This artwork was for a client whose baby boy had not yet been born at the time of this art creation. This was a guessing game for me - I had no idea what he would look like. I took a cue by looking at his older sibling (a girl) and... winged it. (Update: the baby boy was born with curly red hair and pale skin -- so I think I nailed it this time. Whew!)

 

 

 

This artwork was created for another client who had a second baby boy named August. She wanted a personalized clock for the nursery, and since they're a polo family, this was a fitting illustration.

The women spectators at polo matches tend to try to outdo one another with their showy hats! What a fun idea to create this papercut artwork! The drawing on the left is my original sketch, and the artwork on the right is the finished product. (11 inches by 17 inches).

 

 

 

One of my favorite stories to tell is about the beautiful maid that worked for our family in Jakarta. I would go with her to the marketplace, and I would notice all the male vendors staring at her with joy. She would elegantly walk by, coyly rebuffing all the cat calls and whistles. She would get better deals on produce/merchandise, get better treatment, etc. This was a big learning lesson for me: Beauty does open doors.

 

A commissioned artwork depicting a woman and the "chakras." The stump beneath her is called "spiritual grounding." Some people visualize it as tree roots growing out of the tailbone... This was my artistic interpretation of it.

 

Two papercut/gouache artwork showing the Virgin of Guadalupe (left) and Dia de Los Muertos (right), both iconic and important figures/events for our Latin American cousins. Both are 9 inches x 20 inches.

 

 

A website I designed for another client. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, based in Los Angeles. Choosing conservative and muted colors, I tried not to fall in the trap of making it look like one of those super glossy, high-tech websites where stock photos are used - not that there is anything wrong with it -- but because of the nature of her work, this approach would have run the risk of coming across too cold and corporate-like.

I added personal touches, like her logo (the two "B"s on the top) and I hand-designed the floral border around the text without overpowering the whole look.

http://www.brittanyburkemft.com/index.html

 

 

This was drawn for a wonderful gentleman who owns a very successful hat-making business in the heart of Wyoming. He makes the best buckaroo hats in the nation. (Note: Buckaroo hats are different from cowboy hats).

 

 

 

This drawing is from my personal collection. I saw a beautiful mother playing with her infant daughter in Beverly Hills. The setting indicated to me it was the baby's birthday party and I was marveling at the elegant decor: No commercialized cr*p (I am looking at you, SpongeBob Squarepants), all classic and timeless colors, and even a cute little pony piñata that looked oh-so-adorable. I just had to capture the beauty of what I saw.

Hats off to you, beautiful mother.

 

A client asked me if I could paint something for the new baby, in their brand new house. I thought of this fun idea of a merry-go-around, with international children and their (national) pets.

This painting was a huge success. The client loved it. The painting was 45 inches by 30 inches.

 

A commission I did for the California Polo Club, based in Los Angeles. Traditionally a male dominated sport, women now make up for a fast-growing demographics. My artwork was created to show the changing face of polo.

 

 

Another papercut and gouache artwork.

This is titled "Swan Lake." Traditionally, the same ballerina would dance the roles of both the white swan and the black swan. It is one of the most demanding roles in ballet. This artwork/juxtoposition places the two different characters together.

 

 

This drawing was for my own personal collection. I saw my little daughter dancing in the sunbeam, twirling and waltzing, chasing fairy dust. I wanted to capture that fleeting, innocent moment in posterity by drawing it.

 

 

 

I am the happiest when I get to draw and create a different world for my clients. Thank YOU for all your referrals, and allowing me to be part in creating a beautiful world for you. I have always loved this quote by Anais Nin, and it applies to friends and strangers that I have yet to meet:

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."

Would you like me to create a custom artwork for you? Please contact me for information!

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